Hon­our­ing Mr. Haynes Cyril Found­ing Mem­ber and Past Pres­i­dent of the Elks City of Cas­tries Co­op­er­a­tive Credit Union

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Oc­to­ber 20th will be ob­served as In­ter­na­tional Credit Union Day and the Board of Direc­tors, Man­age­ment and Staff of the Elks City of Cas­tries Co­op­er­a­tive Credit Union Ltd takes this op­por­tu­nity to hon­our Mr. Haynes Cyril, a found­ing and cur­rent mem­ber, also past Pres­i­dent of ohe Credit Union.

Ac­cord­ing to Mr. Cyril, the Credit Union was born out of a fra­ter­nal or­ga­ni­za­tion that was at the time headed by An­thony Robin­son with him be­ing sec­ond in com­mand. The or­ga­ni­za­tion owned their premises on Wa­ter Works Road. In try­ing to ex­pand the or­ga­ni­za­tion Mr. Robin­son had the plan to es­tab­lish the or­ga­ni­za­tion as a Credit Union. While the ma­jor­ity of the mem­ber­ship at that time was look­ing for de­vel­op­ment and ex­pan­sion, some of­fi­cers were look­ing to see what they could ex­tract for them­selves. Con­se­quently, the plan to es­tab­lish the Credit Union had to be sus­pended.

With Mr. Robin­son tak­ing ill and of­fi­cers of the fra­ter­nity also be­ing sus­pended, Mr. Cyril took on the man­tle of en­sur­ing that the dream of Mr. Robin­son to es­tab­lish the Credit Union be­came a reality. He con­tin­ued the in­tro­duc­tion of non­mem­bers of the fra­ter­nity into the Credit Union which re­al­ized an in­crease in the mem­ber­ship of the Elks Credit Union.

Mr. Cyril re­calls his in­vi­ta­tion to a con­fer­ence at the Grande Lodge af­ter he had as­sumed lead­er­ship of the Elks Credit Union where he spoke highly of the new es­tab­lish­ment since the fra­ter­nity had been closed it's doors. Though he was asked to get the mem­bers of the Credit union to re-open the fra­ter­nity his at­tempts were fu­tile as the ma­jor­ity were not in­ter­ested.

To­day the Elks City of Cas­tries Co­op­er­a­tive Credit Union Ltd, reg­is­tered on March 16, 1967 has opened its bonds to any­one ei­ther work­ing or liv­ing in the city of Cas­tries and its en­vi­rons and though born out of a fra­ter­nity, is no longer as­so­ci­ated as one. The Credit Union cur­rently has in ex­cess of five thou­sand mem­bers built on the foun­da­tion set by the found­ing mem­bers in the likes of Mr. Haynes Cyril.

An avid and com­mit­ted Credit Union mem­ber, Mr. Cyril was born on November 12, 1921 and is also the old­est liv­ing mem­ber of the Elks Credit Union. He still vis­its the Credit Union fre­quently grace­fully climb­ing the stairs like a ro­bust 20 year old. He would also take time to sit and re­ma­nence of the days of “Elks” with an ar­ray of mem­o­ries that could have you lis­ten­ing on for­ever, whilst mar­vel­ling at the mod­ern en­tity that has evolved since he stepped aside as Pres­i­dent.

A gen­tle­man and mem­ber with amaz­ing mem­ory; the Board of Direc­tors, Man­age­ment and Staff of the Elks Credit Union salutes Mr. Haynes Cyril.

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